Coming into the 2011 season, University of Georgia tight end Orson Charles was widely considered one of the best in the country at his position. Charles' draft potential is obvious to any scout who has seen Georgia play.
If the junior does, in fact, leave school early, the Bulldogs could look to dip into the junior college ranks for a prospect who reminds many of Charles. Blake Jackson of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College has produced in his three games so far this season, racking up 14 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns, which led to a Georgia offer.
"UGA was the biggest latest school to offer," Jackson said. "I am waiting after the season to see where they stand. They have a great tight end in Orson Charles, who is similar to me, and he may have the opportunity to leave early because he is that caliber of player."
If Georgia is going to pluck Jackson, it will have to fend off some stiff competition. But it appears as though the offer also provides an opportunity for Jackson to return to his roots.
"I am going to stay true to the schools that have been on me for months now, but I am still looking to give Georgia an official as well," he said. "I lived in the Augusta area until I was about 10 years old, and my dad has not been able to see me play yet. I told him about Georgia offering, and he was really excited. Not only would that mean a lot, but they are a premier program in the SEC that always has great tight ends."
Jackson plans official visits to Arkansas on Nov. 12, Missouri on Nov. 19 and Oklahoma State on Dec. 3. While a commitment is possible at any time, the coveted tight end plans to announce his future plans following his official visits.
"My season ends in November, so I will take my visits and if I find a school I like I may decide then, but most likely I'll make my decision on Dec. 15," Jackson said.